Prep Hoops Roundup
Ritchie County 68, Wirt County 58
ELLEBORO — Graden McKinney was the star in Ritchie County’s 68-58 win over Wirt County Thursday, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals.
McKinney’s performance helped Ritchie, which plays Tuesday at St. Marys, improve to 4-5 overall.
Elijah Schriver added 15 points on five 3-pointers. Ethan Haught netted eight and Blaine Bowie tacked on seven for the Rebels, who pulled away on a 16-6 run in the second quarter.
Wirt County, which led 16-15 after the first quarter, got 15 points form Hunter Hickman, 12 from Dylan Lowe, 11 from Justin Windland, 10 from Nathan Murray and eight from Kyler Carper.
Parkersburg Christian 47,
Heritage Christian 37
RAVENSWOOD — Izaia Nazelrod had 12 points, Jacob Johnson added 10 more and Trey Bennett stuffed the stat sheet Thursday night as Parkersburg Christian knocked off host Heritage Christian, 47-37.
Bennett not only had 10 points, but he also grabbed a dozen boards, had seven steals and blocked five shots.
The 8-4 Knights, who shot just 29.4% (20 of 68), led 30-12 at the break and returns to action on Tuesday with a road game at Calvary Baptist Academy.
Ripley 47, Ravenswood 32
RAVENSWOOD –Kaylei Blackburn’s team-high 12 points helped Ripley to a 47-32 win over Ravenswood on Thursday night. She netted the team’s two 3-pointers, as the Vikings jumped out to a 24-12 lead at halftime. Annie Hunt led all scorers in her team’s losing effort, as her total wasn’t enough. Teammates Evelyn Stoneman and Libby Hall chipped in 3-pointers in the loss.
Braxton 54, Calhoun 44
SUTTON — Braxton County clamped down on defense in the fourth quarter here Thursday night as the Eagles knocked off visiting Calhoun County, 54-44, in a Little Kanawha Conference East Division affair.
The Eagles (10-2, 7-1) trailed 35-34 entering the final eight minutes, but rallied for the victory.
Jocelyn Abraham had a monster double-double featuring game-highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Eagles, who also got a trio of 3s from Peyton Smith as well as seven counters from Mikayla Brown. Lacey Liston grabbed six caroms in the victory.
Calhoun County was led by Josie Montgomery’s 15-point effort. Madison Dennis tallied a dozen for the Red Devils.
Shenandoah 38,Frontier 36
SARAHSVILLE, Ohio — Frontier led 21-13 at halftime over Shenandoah Thursday but was outscored 11-4 in the third quarter and 14-11 in the fourth as the Zeps rallied for a 38-36 victory.
Ashleigh Wheeler’s 15-point, 10-rebound double-double led Shenandoah while Raegan Flood added nine points and three steals. Mackenzie Lynch chipped in eight points.
The Cougars were paced by Haley Bills’ game-high 16 points. Kara Ramsey joined her in double figures with 12 points.
Trimble 48, Waterford 37
GLOUSTER, Ohio — Waterford shot just 25.5% in a 48-37 loss to Trimble Thursday.
The Wildcats were led by Cara Taylor’s 15 points and five rebounds. Waterford went just 2 for 15 on 3-point attempts against the Tomcats’ defense.
Warren 57, Nelsonville-York 34
NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Warren had a dominant first half, taking a 34-12 lead into halftime on the way to a 57-34 win over Nelsonville-York Thursday.
Sommer Saboley and Savannah Banks scored 15 points apiece to lead the Warriors, who are now 12-1 this season. Caspen Ford chipped in nine points.
Nelsonville-York was paced by Jocelyn Heller’s 12 points, followed closely by Haley Herd’s 11.
Warren is back in action Monday when it pays a visit to Athens.
Magnolia 51, Ritchie County 33
NEW MARTINSVILLE — Kyndra Pilant’s 28 points helped lift Magnolia past Ritchie County 51-33 Thursday.
Pilant knocked down nine baskets and was 10 for 13 at the free-throw line for the Blue Eagles. Holland Estep added 12 points for Magnolia, which led 22-16 at halftime before outscoring the Rebels 13-5 in the third quarter to pull away.
Ritchie’s lone double-digit scorer was Ashley Davis, who finished with 19.